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Karen Cummings - Co-Owner of VISION Marketing

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Small Business

A Pin On Pinterest Is Worth 25% More In Sales Than Last Year, Can Drive Visits & Orders For Months

According to new data sourced by the social marketers at Piqora (previously Pinfluencer), the value of a pin on Pinterest growing – today, a pin generates 78 cents in sales, on average. That’s up by nearly 25 percent from Q4 2012, says Piqora. More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that a pin can …

What I’ve Done Since Reading ‘Remote: Office Not Required’

I’ve followed the team at 37signals for awhile. In their own words, they are a company that build ‘frustration-free web-based apps for collaboration, …

You Should Use Twitter Because It Makes Everyone As Smart As Anyone

Twitter’s purpose is still widely misunderstood, and many people think they have no need for it. But it has great potential to enlighten us. Here’s how:<p>We are a specialized species. Each of us lives a different life with unique passions, intellectual pursuits and hobbies. We choose a path and along …

A 7-Year-Old's Inspiring Dream to Be an Entrepreneur

For a lot of kids with entrepreneurial aspirations, the lemonade stand is the go-to business idea. Not so for 7-year-old Ryland Goldman. This kid has bigger plans.<p>When his family recently moved to Los Gatos, Calif., Ryland spotted a golden business opportunity: lots of foot traffic. His family …

Get the Most Bang for Your Marketing Buck: 3 Ways | Inc.com

For many companies, marketing seems like the department of magic. CEOs understand the concept of sales, and there is little confusion about operations or finance. But marketing remains an enigma. When it works, everyone is excited. The business grows mystically. When it fails, few can explain. …

Marketing

Should a non-technical founder hedge against failure?

Recently I grabbed coffee with a founder whose startup is in a similar stage to mine. I reached out to him after he signed up for our networking …

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Employment

Everpix, Snapchat, and the Startup Lie | Inc.com

At their core, Everpix and Snapchat are both well-designed, super-hyped software services centered around photography.<p>For the unfamiliar, Everpix is a freemium photo hosting service that has six employees and 6,800 paying users. Everpix recently announced that they’re shutting down in grand …

Startups

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Prefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers <i>before</i> they launch their campaigns. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it …

Biz Stone: Entrepreneurship Is All About Making Mistakes | Inc.com

Earlier this week, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, presented at the New Context Conference in San Francisco and highlighted the fumbles from his start-up career--a nice lead up to today's much-anticipated Twitter IPO.<p>“The first, second and third company I went to work for, somehow I screwed them …

Entrepreneurship

Never Too Old To Start a Business | Inc.com

Silicon Valley adores its wunderkinds. It's easy to look at the Mark Zuckerbergs and Jack Dorseys of the world and assume that youth is a necessity, or at least a major benefit, when starting a business.<p>And yet, according the Kauffman Foundation's annual Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, the rate …

Entrepreneurship

One of the Richest Men in the World Just Invested in an Instagram Competitor

Instagram competitor Mobli just got a whole lot of ammo to take on the Facebook-owned company.<p>The Israeli-based company just nabbed $60 million in a round led by América Móvil, the Latin America telecom run by one of the richest men on the planet, Carlos Slim.<p>Part of the deal involves a strategic …

Jack Dorsey: Be Totally Transparent With Employees | Inc.com

Does everyone at your company know <i>exactly</i> what goes down in <i>every</i> meeting--whether or not they are actually in the room? CEO of Square Jack Dorsey says your answer should be yes.<p>Dorsey spoke Tuesday at Gigaom’s annual Roadmap conference in San Francisco, which had more than 900 attendees. During his …

Employment

Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

One day last month, the seven employees of Everpix gathered at their co-working space in San Francisco to discuss the company's impending shutdown. Wayne Fan, one of the co-founders, opened a mock-up of the screen that the photo storage service’s customers would see once the company announced the …

Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last five years, my firm Red Rocket Ventures has consulted or mentored more than 500 startups -- nearly all of them suffering from the same problem. They are typically so focused on building their product, they don't raise enough …

8 Lessons Startups Can Learn From Twitter’s Chaotic Creation Story

Three in four startups fail, yet Twitter will go on this week to make millions for its founders. Nick Bilton, the author of Hatching Twitter, shares insights about how they came out on top.<p>Most startups will never see anything close to the amount of money Twitter plans on raising during its IPO …

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Don't Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>These days, everyone with a MacBook and a blog thinks he’s an entrepreneur. Well, here’s a little tough love for the entrepreneurial generation: Calling yourself a CEO doesn’t make you one and a small army of Twitter followers doesn’t …

The Year of the Instagram Strategy

Instagram recently announced it has more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide. Not only is the total number impressive, but it means Instagram is growing at a rate of more than 100 million new users per year, as the social network added 50 million of them in the past six months.<p>Instagram …

PayPal Waives Transaction Fees for Promising Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In an effort to support early-stage startups, PayPal is teaming up with accelerators, incubators and venture capital firms to provide mentorship, customer service and free payment processing. For companies in the new program, called …

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7 Steps to Finding Success as a Millennial Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Older generations say millennials have short attention spans, a sense of entitlement, and little patience. The fact is, those qualities are not necessarily bad -- especially for young entrepreneurs.<p>What some call faults can actually be …

3 Steps to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Often you get to the end of the day and think, “I was busy all day, but what did I accomplish?”<p>Goals give us more than just a target to aim for -- they help us change our behavior today. Do you get the work that is most important to you …

Facebook Drives the Most Traffic to Publishers, Beating Twitter and Reddit

There's no beating Facebook when it comes to driving traffic to publishers. The world's largest social network directed 10.4% of traffic to websites …

Surprise! Instagram users hate the new ads

Instagram rolled out its first ad today and surprise! Everyone hates it. Or at least, that's the early reaction from the peanut gallery. Comments on …

Elon Musk on Fear, Failure, and His Close Calls with Space X, Tesla

Speaking at the Dublin Web Summit on Thursday, Elon Musk refuted the assertion that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to fail.<p>“I certainly have fear of failure,” he admitted.<p>During the chat, Musk recounted how close he came to failure with both Space X and Tesla in 2008 and 2009.<p>Musk said …

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Most of the things we avoid are avoided because we're afraid of being afraid.<p>Too meta?<p>Sorry, but it's true. The negative outcomes that could actually …

Wunderkinds Aside, Most Founders Innovate at 40 | Inc.com

You can’t help but know about them--those wunderkinds who come up with brilliant ideas that create wealth beyond even their wildest dreams: Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook at age 19; Larry Page and Sergey Brin were 23 when they developed Google; Jack Dorsey was 30 when he launched Twitter; Bill …

Innovation